Welcome to RiverRat's Home Page

Welcome to the RiverRat's home page, and thanks for dropping by! I'm Becky Ratliff.

I'm still in the process of rearranging the site, which now includes mirroring it to Crosswinds. It may move there entirely, I'm not sure right now. Anyway, if you have trouble finding anything let me know.

Space: Above and Beyond

Click here for all my S:AAB pages, including the Fanfic Depot and writers resources
Stargate SG-1

Very limited SG-1 fan page

Craft Projects

My other calling besides writing is crafting. I'm starting an online journal of my projects. If you like crafting too, write me at the mail link below or join me on the Flarer's Fabric Bee mailing list at eGroups.

Pineapple Tablecloth

"Pineapple" designed by Carol Becker, published in Crochet Tablecloth Elegance, booklet #870913 by Annie's Attic. Please click on the thumbnail to see a larger picture. This booklet is apparently now out of print. Annie's Attic now has another book with the same title but another product number on sale for $2.98. All the Annie's Attic patterns are gorgeous, but this one worked up especially well. If you see the edition with "Pineapple" in it at a yard sale or something, it's worth getting.

I started this tablecloth shortly after I had to quit working and finished it in August 2000. This is far and away the biggest crochet project I've completed up until now, and finishing it really feels like quite an accomplishment, if I may say so myself!

I chose Knit-Cro-Sheen cotton crochet thread in Natural and used a size 8 hook. Of all the crochet threads I've tried, I nearly always keep coming back to Knit-Cro-Sheen, unless I need the range of colors available from South Maid.

It wasn't easy to decide whether to keep it or sell it, but I finally decided to put it up for sale. Crochet projects are first of all practical, meant to be used and enjoyed, not stored away.

I have two other crochet projects in progress, a white bedspread made from square motifs and an oval tablecloth in a filet rose pattern in Victory Red. I'm also working on a cross-stitched landscape of a waterfall which is simply the most intricate cross-stitch pattern I've ever seen in my life. Stitching it has been almost like watching a photograph develop before my eyes. I'm a beginner at sculpting with polymer clay (Sculpey and Sculpey III), a craft I just started this summer. I've discovered that I'm no Michaelangelo, but it's really a fun craft. Hopefully I'll come up with something good enough (or ridiculous enough) to photograph. :)

All those things are on the back burner, because right now I'm making Christmas projects. A lot of the people who will be getting those things are on the Internet, so I'll do an update after the holidays. :)

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Steve and me, and a couple of our cats' baby pix

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Some of my short non-fiction articles are now located at Themestream. Other future subjects might include TV shows, science fiction, coping with arthritis and fibromyalgia, crafting, as well as poetry and original fiction. Please click the link above to go to my author page there.

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[Sunset Grill] If you followed a very old link to this URL expecting to find my husband's site, the Sunset Grill, you will find it here. He has some fantastic computer artwork on display, including several S:AAB raytracings.

The Flarer's Fabric Bee started out as a group of people from the Usenet newsgroup alt.support.arthritis, who got together to make a quilt to raise money for arthritis research. The web site provides a source of inspiration, instruction, and mail order sources. The site's primary focus is on disabled crafters who may need to adapt a craft or learn a new one, but all crafters are welcome.

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